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Out of Bahia de Caraquez

On Wednesday afternoon the Immigration Officials arrived – rather late – but we did get all the paperwork done for our 3PM  departure time.  We followed Passages out of the bay as they had the pilot on board, but it did us little good as we touched bottom after rounding the first point!  Bill managed to get us back into the channel and we continued out.  Carlos the pilot came back to us in the panga and guided us thru the last turn out toward the deeper water.  It was very slow going as we then had the wind right on our nose and it was up to 20 knots over the boat.  Soon after the water started to deepen out Lanikai’s engine quit!  We made quick work of getting two sails up and tacked the rest of the way out of the bay. five hours later we dropped the hook, under sail as we could not get the engine going again, behind Cabo Pasado in the dark.  Bill spend the next morning replacing the fuel pump, cleaning out clogged fuel lines and changing the engine oil.  He also dove on the bottom to see if we did any damage to the rudder when we bounced off the sand bar the day before.  All was well.

Friday morning we finally got underway toward Panama and soon had enough wind to sail.

First Paperwork Done

Bill just returned from the Port Captain’s office with the first step of our paperwork for leaving now done.  The boat’s paperwork is complete now – we only have immigration to deal with and they are scheduled to arrive tomorrow morning to check us out just before we can leave.  We have to leave on the high tide to have enough water under the keel and over the bar – so hopefully they will arrive by late morning so that we can have Lanikai prepared for sea before our 3 PM departure time.

Leaving Ecuador

Since Doreen’s computer died a month ago no blog entries have been made since Bill’s computer is too busy with his own use for her  to get a chance at it.  We are now getting ready to leave Ecuador.  The boat is ready and Bill has started the paperwork shuffle this morning.  Two trips to the Port Captain’s office and still no exit zarpe.  Immigration is scheduled to arrive here Wednesday morning to check us out, but who knows at this point whether we will have boat’s exit papers or not.  We need to exit the bay on the afternoon high tide Wednesday at 4PM.  Our plan is to stop at Cabo Pasado for a night or two and then head off to the Perlas Islands of Panama for fun in the water and the sun before we move into Panama City with another list of boat chores to accomplish.

We have been enjoying the last month here in Bahía de Caráquez, visiting with our many friends here.  We took the ferry across the river to Canoa and spent a night with our friends who have built a large beach-side home there.  There have been many meals shared with friends at various restaurants around town and we have enjoyed several movie nights here at Puerto Amistad with great special meals.  Thanksgiving meal was with a large group here at Puerto Amistad with Tripp cooking the turkeys and the many guest bringing vegetable dishes and desserts.

Ecuador is a very friendly country with most of the “people” outgoingly friendly.  We enjoy the country but the officials are making visiting here more and more difficult all the time.  They now allow only 90 days in a year for tourists to be in the country.  Even though they may ‘give’ another 90 days when you reenter – it does not hold when you attempt to leave; you still only get 90 days out of the last 365!  Now we are having difficulty getting exit papers for the boat.  I expect that we will have them by the time we leave but it in the meantime requires much waiting and standing around.  Such is Latin American officialdom.

Four-Day Bus Trip

Tuesday morning, Oct.27, we left on a bus heading to Guaranda with our friends Shirley and Frank.  Our first leg was two hours to Puerto Viejo where we changed to a bus to get us to Quevedo, 5 hours later.   From Quevedo we caught a bus to Babahoyo.  This was only a two hour leg, but we arrived after 5 PM so spent the night in a hotel near the intersection where we could catch a bus in the morning to carry us up into the Andes to the town of Guaranda.  The bus driver was most helpful in telling us where to get off the bus and pointing out the hotel where we could spend the night.

Wednesday morning we caught an early bus up into the mountains.  The road was twisty with steep valleys and spectacular views as it rose up into the Andes from the wet river valley around Babahoyo.  We arrived into Guaranda before noon.  After checking into a hotel and leaving off our bags we decided to continue on to Salinas with its many cottage factories.  It was quite warm in Guaranda but at the higher altitude of Salinas it was cold.  Our first purchases were therefore sweaters.  The yarn is spun in one of the larger of the cottage factories and the woman of the town knit some of the yarn into items for sale.  The  entire town is run as a cooperative, so that the many products of the town can be grouped together for export.  We took an afternoon tour of many of the small factories and purchased lots of chocolate, cheese and small amounts of tea and salami.  We caught a combi back down the mountain to Guaranda after 5 PM and by then it was even getting cool in Guaranda, so our new sweaters were much appreciated.

The hotel in Guaranda only had rooms for Wednesday night so Thursday we headed back down to the coast in Guayaquil where we spent one more night before returning to Bahia de Caraquez yesterday.  Even that trip was an adventure as the bus broke down about 2/3 of the way home.  The drivers spent some time trying to get the bus running again but eventually called for another bus.  Three hours later we were on our way again and arrived back in Bahia just before dark.

It was a short but interesting trip as we passed thru parts of Ecuador that we had not been thru before.

Grocery Shopping

 

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Today we hauled our anchor chain into Manta for galvanizing and after the chain was dropped off, we made a big grocery run at one of the big supermarkets.   Manta is about 1 1/2 hours away so it is only occasionally that we make the run in to the stores there.

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We returned to Bahia soon after low tide so had to lug the groceries down the steeply sloping ramp to the dock and into the dinghy.   Then it took an hour to get all the goodies put away, but now the cupboards on Lanikai are stocked again.